This is actually one of the books we're reading in class next year, so I wanted to get ahead - I have a stack of 4 more waiting. My kids have all read this, either with a class or independently but somehow I never got to it - it's a remarkable story. And will be really interesting to see what a bunch of 10 year olds make of it.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
We love these, but don't have them as often as Geoff would like because they take a bit more time than we usually have for a weeknight dinner. Luckily, summer allows for a bit more leeway that way. And of course I made enough to have some leftover for lunch the following day...
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
Picked this up in Oxford the other day and started it on the bus back to the park and ride. It's a very quick read; a sort of Q&A about autism, written with sensitivity by a young Japanese boy (13/14 at the time of writing) with autism. Interesting insights into why some autistic people act and react in certain ways. I think his second one will be even more interesting as it's written when he's older, and will probably be a little more in depth.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
There are days when I think I will just curl up and read Young Adult fiction forever... There is so much really good stuff out there in that genre; Marcus Sedgwick is a relatively recent discovery and he's really brilliant - this one is the story of a young girl who finds that she can foresee people's deaths - not a great power at the best of times, but when it's the First World War and you have two older brothers, perhaps even less great. An excellent book.
We really like this dish; the raw, dressed, spiralized veg are perfect for a summer supper. This time we used carrot and marrow as I had another marrow from our recent visit to Garsons Farm to use up.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Well, we were in Oxford today with Geoff's brother and sister in law, and we popped into Waterstones so Geoff could pick up a few books - his reading shelf was running low (unlike mine, I know, I know). I was fairly restrained, buying only these, two of which are actually non-fiction, and the other a young adult title. I've actually already started one of them on the bus back to the park & ride; it will be a quick read.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
This was Sarah's choice - she made the marinade and cooked the ribs and chicken (which were excellent). The corn and potatoes were just boiled, so it wasn't really tricky...
Monday, August 14, 2017
Last in the trilogy, which I've been re-reading. Reminded once again of how excellent these books are. Brilliantly constructed world, great characters, compelling plot, not to mention a strong argument against organised religion at the same time as being an even stronger argument towards individual morality and responsibility to the rest of the world...
Originally, I had planned something else with the turkey mince that this recipe uses, but then we went to Garsons Farm (a pick-your-own place) last week, and I couldn't resist buying a couple of marrows. (This only used one of them; not sure what I'll do with the other one. Maybe spiralise it.) So I stuffed it with turkey mince, cooked with herbs and tomatoes; there's a cheesy breadcrumb crust on top. Really tasty, though I think I'd definitely peel the marrow next time as the skins were a little tough.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Earlier this year I threatened my family with the idea that I wasn't going to plan meals, shop, or cook in August. I'm not sticking to this, but I am requiring a lot more involvement from them, so this was Alex's contribution to our "Everyone Does More Cooking and Stuff in the Summer" movement. (Love the catchy title!)
Friday, August 11, 2017
Not normally a dish you'd choose in August, perhaps, but although the weather is somewhat better than it was, we are not in the midst of a heatwave, so a little cauliflower cheese is just the thing. Especially when someone else is cooking it...
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
For some reason I got a craving to re-read these; I think it's because I read an article about his new book set in this world coming out soon. Anyway, still excellent, even on a third read through; expect the other two shortly!
A very simple pasta with tomato and basil sauce. We also had some garlic bread from the freezer, but this one is about as simple as it gets. You can, of course, grate lashings of Parmesan over it, if you so wish.
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Monday, August 07, 2017
Technically, this is a re-read, though I haven't read it in years. It's not my favourite (Persuasion) but it's certainly well above my least favourite (Emma). And as usual, parts of it are very funny. Glad to have re-visited it.
Served with rice (not shown). I had some pork fillet in the freezer from something, so this was an exercise in using it up, along with whatever veg was either in the fridge (carrots, yellow pepper) or readily accessible at our local shop (courgette, chard, chilis). Along with some oyster sauce from the cupboard and some soy sauce and rice. Easy.
Sunday, August 06, 2017
This small roast was from the farmers market, and was very tasty. There was gravy, too, but I seem to have photographed my plate pre-gravy, rather than post. And there was blackberry ice cream for dessert, but no photo of that.
Saturday, August 05, 2017
Friday, August 04, 2017
Thursday, August 03, 2017
The usual assortment of fajita fillings, except this time I added some spicy tofu to the mix as well (which was really tasty) to cater for a vegan friend of Olivia's, who was eating with us (most of the rest is vegan-accessible as well, except the chicken, cheese and sour cream)...
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
I was only familiar with Tove Jansson as a children's author (creator of the Moomins) but apparently, she wrote a number of books for adults, including this one, which is a small, quirky story of the relationship between a child and her elderly grandmother, mostly following the death of the child's mother. It takes place on a small island in Finland in a number of summers (the time telling is non-linear) and it's a lovely picture of a place, a time, a relationship. It's apparently a Scandinavian classic and I can see why - I can imagine re-reading this many times over the course of a life, when you want to dip into that world.
Two different books by Dutch authors, in translation, from two different bookshops in Amsterdam. One right around the corner from our hotel, which looked like a great bookshop. When I brought the book to the counter (The Tea Lords) he said "It's a Dutch classic." Good, I said, that's what I wanted!
This morning, we went across the harbour to check out the NDSM wharf, an area now developed into artist studios, some housing, outdoor art projects, etc, as well as a festival venue, from a previously disused industrial area - a former shipping wharf. There were a lot of decorated containers around, as well as other industrial things like cranes, warehouses, etc.
This warehouse was full of art, art spaces, studios, intsallments, etc.
Also nearby, some houses made out of shipping containers.
And this was docked nearby - a boat hotel. You can even stay inside the huge letters on top. Crazy!